A new administrative handbook for all Church leaders and members will replace Handbook 1 and Handbook 2, the First Presidency announced Thursday.
The new handbook — titled “General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” — will be available to the public in English on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and the Gospel Library app on Feb. 19, 2020. Translation into 51 languages has begun.This is a major change in the policies and procedures of the past of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For most of my adult life, the General Handbook of Instruction was available only to certain leaders of the Church such as members of Bishoprics and Stake Presidencies. Access to the book was very restricted. However, in 2010 the General Handbook was split into two volumes: Handbook 1 and Handbook 2. Subsequently, Handbook 2 became generally available and ultimately digitally available to all members of the Church. Although these books had reference to the canon of scripture of the Church (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) the handbooks contain policies and procedures that have changed significantly, in some cases, over the years.
The new unified handbook will be "public" as stated above and available only electronically.